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>> we believe the suspects when they entered fired somewhere between 65 and 75 rounds. >> the killers' failed attempt to slaughter more victims. >> i look in the mirror and see myself bloodied. >> and the renewed battle over gun control. >> this is a problem because mentally ill people are getting guns and committing mass atrocities. >> news 4 at 4:00 starts now. pipe bombs, thousands of bullets. a couple ready for war. startling new details emerging about the husband and wife who turneded a holiday party in southern california into a savage bloodbath. >> authorities now tell nbc news the duo may have had jihad i connections. news 4 has team coverage and we start with meagan fitzgerald. >> we want to give you the names of the two people who nbc news has just confirmed were killed in that attack. they are 47-year-old michael s weslow, a father of six.
and 52-year-old nicholas fallacino, another health inspector. sources are telling nbc news that syed farook had been radicalized and he was in touch with people in the l.a. area that expressed jihadist views. farook was talking with people overseas who were persons of interest to u.s. intelligence and they're looking for possible accomplices. two handguns and two assault rifles which were found in the suv farook and his wife were driving, but we are told his rifle was bought by farook. these suspects were heavily armed. we're talking more than 1500 rounds of ammunition in the car and more than 2,000 rounds at farook's home. there were also more than a dozen pipe bombs and the bomb at the scene of the attack was rigged with a remote detonator, but it was never triggered. >> clearly, they were equipped and they could have continued to do another attack. we intercepted them before that
happened, obviously. there appears to be a degree of planning that went into this. nobody just gets upset at a party and goes home and puts together that kind of an elaborate scheme to do that. so there was some planning that went into this. >> democrats are forcing a vote this afternoon on tougher background checks and increased funding for mental health treatment and there are amendments to repeal the health care law and all of those amendments are expected to fail. back to you. >> right now federal authorities are still looking for a motive here. meantime, here's what we know about the victims. 14 people were killed and 21 others injureded. at least two police officers were hurt, but they're expected to be okay. police say some of the families are still waiting to hear about their loved ones. the san bernardino county sheriff's department says it expects to release the names and photos of the victims soon once they finished notifying the families. in some ways the couple suspected in the slaughter seemed to be living a normal life. they hadda i baby registry for
their daughter who is now 6 months old. it listed four items including pampers, syed farook's profile is also on a dating website. it says he was born and raised in the u.s. and tries to live a good, muslim life, likes snowboarding, dining out with friends and camping and working on cars. he was looking for a woman who shares those interests and wears a hijab. >> the san bernardino tragedy has quickly turned political. the cover of today's "new york daily news" reflects its advocacy of gun control laws and gun control advocates quickly turned the thoughts and prayers hash tag into a tirade about america's gun laws. terry tanbaker of milwaukee-based proponent of gun control. congress was elected to act not to pray. no more congressional thoughts and prayers. but emma green is the managing editor of atlantic magazine. she noted that shaming people
for prayer is not productive. most of the presidential candidates tweeted their thoughts and prayers today. more on the impact of the massacre on the campaign coming up a little later. i'm mark segraves in bethesda, maryland, where dozens of faith leaders gathered today demanding action from congress in the wake of the mass shooting in california. 70 faith leaders from multiple different religions shined on to a letter sent to congress demanding immediate action on gun control. they stood on the steps of this church today saying enough is enough. >> we need politicians on the right and the left because this is about life over death. this is about dignity and respect. this is about people being able to leave in the morning and have a reasonable expectation of coming home at night. >> the nation's top republican thinks congress needs to do more to stop the number of mass shootings in this country. house speaker paul ryan said today that while it's too early to determine a motive in this particular case, mental illness
is a recurring theme in many of these incidents. >> there are many issues to deal with here. the last thing we want to do is rush to judgment to quote, unquote, do something and not actually solve anything and so that's why we want to do this correctly and that's why we've already been working on mental health legislation, because of all of the themes we see under these events that's something that really needs to get addressed. >> our coverage of the san bernardino shooting continues this hour. still ahead, new reaction from capitol hill and the battle over gun control and we'll go live to southern california. you can also get breaking updates all night long with the nbc washington app. this is chris gordon at the courthouse in baltimore for the first full day of testimony in the trial of police officer william porter who is charged with manslaughter and assault in the death of freddie gray. >> prosecutors are presenting police witnesses who testify porter should have known that new police general orders
required him to seat belt freddie gray in the police transport van on april 12th and that porter had an obligation to call a medic when gray told him he needed help. he was having difficulty breathing. >> the van will become a very important piece of evidence because that's where everything took place. that's where officer porter of freddie gray had conversations with him. >> the judge allows the jury to actually see the van in which freddie gray was allegedly injured. will the jury view, as it is called help the prosecution's case or the defense of police officer william porter? that's the latest from baltimore, back to you. well, you have finally seen the sun today, but that wind is really whipping it up out there. chief meteorologist doug kammerer is tracking it. what else do we have coming, doug? >> more sunshine because all we've seen in the last couple of days is clouds and rain and today it was plenty of sunshine
and winds at times gusting 30 to 35 miles an hour and take a look at the current wind gusts. gaithersburg, baltimore and starting to see the wind relax and it will as the sun goes down tonight, but look at the current windchills. it feels like 42, d.c., 36 in martinsburg and 40 over toward frederick and a chilly evening and that's the way it will be throughout the rest of the evening. windy and cool today. lots of sun coming the next couple of days and what does it mean for the evening forecast? >> thank you. the man accused in the death of a d.c. corrections official has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. dawit seyoum had killed carolyn cross in her apartment in alexandria. he told investigators he didn't like the way she looked at him. seyoum was tried twice. neither jury could reach a unanimous verdict. today the court accepted a not guilty plea. seyoum will be held in a mental health facility to be evaluated prior to a hearing on his status
welcome back. let's take a look at conditions the other computer system. yes. today, finally some sunshine back across our area. sunshine after five days of clouds and rain and drizzle. the sun came back, but it came back with a lot of wind across our area especially the early part of the day and we're starting to see the winds calm down a bit right now. you're seeing gusts between 15
and 20 miles per hour and you can see up to 21 in gaithersburg and 25 mile per hur gusts around easton, but the wind has been coming down some throughout the afternoon and it will be for the evening hours. windy conditions today and your evening here will be breezy throughout the day tomorrow, i think, so a bit of wind left hanging on. so we may be a little chilled in the morning tomorrow, friday morning rush. yes, but it's not going to be quite the bit of a biting wind as what we had this morning. so today our temperatures with that wind feeling more like we're in the low 40s by the time we get to friday with less wind and our temperatures getting into the low 50s i think we'll feel more like 50 degrees. yes, the sunshine will be back and at least it will be another nice day for us tomorrow and even as we move forward, some pretty good days ahead as far as going out this evening. it will be a little on the breezy side still as i mentioned and cool so you're going to need your coats and our temperatures will be falling through the 40s
and by early tomorrow morning there will be a spread of 30s across the area. so, yes, winter is here and your december will feel not quite like december and we'll still have a couple of days and we'll make it above average, but we're back to the chill. no more 60s coming our way and your walking the dog forecast and temperature 45 degrees at 7:00, and looking at a clear sky there with chilly conditions for the evening coming up. meanwhile, first thing tomorrow morning and the spread 30 to 39 degrees and a cool start for us and still wind and you'll have to grab that coat. and here's a look at some headlines and clouds will come back this weekend. right now what we're tracking in our weather system here are just some high clouds late in the day. we're not expecting any rain this weekend.
as a matter of fact, the rain that we had yesterday, remember for tuesday now, that is out of the forecast. that storm system that would make its way up the coast and into our area right now with the guidance has it tracking more off the coast and moving out of here and the temperature outlook for the month of december, above-average temperatures and we'll take a look at where we'll fall in terms of rain coming up in just a couple of minutes. right now, traffic is a mess at the white house ahead of the christmas tree lighting. road closures will start this afternoon and will be sticking around for a few more hours. transportation reporter adam tuss is at the corner of 14th and pennsylvania where some surprised drivers got stuck, adam. >> reporter: how could they forget, pat? it happens every year. first thursday in december, you get the tree lighting and people forget. the roads get closed around the white house specifically 16th and 17th street. this year they're closed from new york avenue all of the way down to independence avenue and
this is what you get. you get traffic backed up. this intersection is never normally good anyway, but you start closing down roads around here and it gets really bad. it's a good thing the traffic control officers came out. everybody was blocking the box and nobody was able to get back through and they have a restored calm right now. >> the road closures started at 2:00 this afternoon and they'll last until 9:00 tonight so we have hours, hours more to go with the road closures in place and be prepared and the tree gets lit at 9:00 tonight and give yourself extra patience if you're coming through downtown d.c. right now. back to you guys. >> thanks, adam. climate change is not just an environmental or political issue. many doctors say it's also a health issue. in news for your health, perhaps some changes in the climate can affect our bodies.
dr. jackie from gaithersburg is here to explain. dr. jackie, you say a warming planet should be a concern for anybody with heart trouble or is at risk of heart trouble. >> they've been reporting about the smog and the problem with the smog is it puts a strain so if you have high blood pressure and it's a difficulty. if you also get around heat it affects all of your electrical systems and of course, that's the heart and it makes the risk of a heart attack. >> when it comes to the air we know bad air is bad for your lung, but so is warmer air. what's the correlation there? >> the problem is pollution's bad, but when the pollution gets heated up, the o zone is even more sensitive to your lungs and also when you get that raise in temperature you also get thunderstorms and thunderstorms are a particular cause for asthma attacks and we've seen more people with severe weather than at any other time. >> i have pretty badal lerjys and what's the correlation between pollen and pollution.
this is well studied and well followed and we do have longer growing seasons and it's not just your imagination and it is worse because we have a longer growing season. and what about the pollution in our homes. most of us don't think of our houses as being polluted, but they are and we can fix that. >> yes, we can fix that. our houses are polluted because of things like cleaning supply and be wary of the aerosols and also think about how we contribute. so every time you change that light bulb and you make it into something that's lower energy, you really may be helping you not have a heart attack because we're not using up as much fossil fuel. extreme weather, vent event alol make it bad winter and we may end up with flooding and the flooding will cause mold. the mold will help us have toxins in the home and pesticides are a big one that are around the home. realize that with this climate change we've had worsening any
many insect-borne diseases and lyme disease is on the rise. the food itself, think about when eating locally it's not only more nutritious for you, but it helps the planet stay healthy. overall the more you can do to help us getting the planet help us to work, help the planet and help your health. >> good points to remember. >> that's the idea. >> thank you. >> you're welcome. we're just getting started on news 4 at 4:00. ahead, we're working a strange case. why one state is trying to make a sperm donor pay for child support. "the wiz" live, everything you need
i'm eun yang. trending is "the wiz." they embarked on "the sound of music" followed by "peter pan" and it's becoming a tradition. that continues with "wiz" live. number one, "the wiz" hit movie screens in 1978 starring michael jackson, diana ross, lena horne and many more. tonight's new version stars queen latifah, david allen grier and mary j. blige, ne-io and
common. 19-year-old shnice williams was discovered during an open casting call and she was amazing. stephanie mills who played dorothy in the 1970s broadway production makes her appearance tonight as auntie em and number four, the score of "the wiz" took three years to finish and did you know the broadway show won seven tonys. can't wait. staying up late to watch it. back to you. >> excited to see eun yang in the afternoon shows. i didn't even know she was in the building. we're dealing with nice conditions as far as some sunshine is concerned. yes, it's been on the cool side, and i just posted on my facebook page, are you happy that was sunny or were you upset it was too windy? we needed it. we've seen so much in the way of rain. welcome, 48 degrees and because of the wind, the windchill down to 42 and it's definitely on the chilly side and the winds have
been gusting upward of 40 miles per hour and 44 the current temperature in kull pepper and 47 toward annapolis and the school bus forecast, headed out the door and it will be a chilly start and this is inside the beltway here and many areas in the suburbs will be cooler down around the freezing mark and you'll start off on the cool side and 52 degrees by tomorrow afternoon and a little less wind tomorrow afternoon, too. we're talking about a very nice friday afternoon, but again, it is going to be a cool start and no rain to talk about, and as i told you yesterday you can put away the umbrellas and don't throw them away just yet and we will see a chance and return for some shower activity. as a matter of fact, take a look at the wider view here and there goes our storm system and you can see the moisture coming out of the pacific and out of the gulf of mexico making its way over toward the atlantic ocean and that all moving out and pretty big snow totals toward maine and that's about it. the rest of the country, we're on the dry side rate now.
this storm was the only game in town except back to the northwest we're not going to see much at all as far as weather is concerned stormwise. it's the coats tomorrow and all in all, not a bad friday. high temperature saturday, and 55 on your sunday, plenty of sunshine and increasing cloud and cooler on monday, high of 52. veronica is back in just a bit and she's got the rest of the seven-day forecast. >> thanks, doug. a scathing report reveals new breaches in the secret service. why the white house thinks the president's life is in danger and what needs to be done to fix it. our coverage of the massacre in california, and bring you the killer's possible terror links and what officials are now
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we want to get you caught up now on the latest development in san bernardino right now. police today say that as bad as the attackses were yesterday, they could have been worse. >> now we're learning the shooters had massive amounts of weapons with them and in their home. 14 people were killed, 21 others injured during the massacre at that holiday party. >> nbc's gina kim has the latest on the investigation. >> reporter: after spending all night and morning searching the suspects' home and suv, the san bernardino police chief said the husband and wife team of syed rizwan farook and tashfeen malik
was prepared for major carnage. >> clearly, they were equipped and could have continued doing another attack. we intercepted them before that happened, obviously. >> reporter: on their bodies and in their car they had 1600 rounds of ammunition. in their home they had thousands more, along with at least 12 pipe bombs and the tools to make ieds, improvised explosive devices. they attempted to use one of those pipe bombs during the attack at the inland regional center, but it didn't work. >> if you look at the obvious amount of pre-planning that went in, the armaments that he had and the weapons and ammunition, was there obviously a mission here. >> reporter: the assailants targeteded a holiday christmas party for farook's co-workers. witnesses say he had attended the party, left and came back with his wife to unleash the attack. >> we do not know why. we don't know if this was the intended target or if there was something that triggered him to do this immediately. we just don't know. >> reporter: law enforcement sources say farook, a u.s.-born
citizen met malik online and both entered the u.s. in july. malik was here on a visa. they got married and have a 6-month-old child they leave behind. farook was in touch with others in the l.a. area who had expressed jihadist views and appears to have been radicalized. officials are not commenting on a motive and the president says this is now an fbi investigation. >> it is possible that this was terrorist-related, but we don't know. >> reporter: it's the start of a long investigation as the community of san bernardino faces an even longer road of recovery. >> reporter: all of this comes amid some surprising new members from the fbi out tonight. the agency reports there were 160 active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2013. of those, all, but two involved single shooter. only six of the shooters were women and nine instances the shooter killed a family member
first and then moved on to a public location. nearly half of the shooters committed suicide. five shooters from four attacks are still on the loose. a new poll says most americans homegrown jihadists are a greater threat to the u.s. and not terrorists hiding among syrian refugees. quinnipiac university released the study today and the survey, rather, 83% of american voters believe a major terrorist attack in this country is very likely or somewhat likely to happen soon. 58% say homegrown jihadists are more likely to commit an act of terror than someone coming from syria. >> responses on the issue of accepting refugees were split among party lines. 68% of those polled would accept syrian refugees. >> comedian jon stewart back on capitol hill to lob per 9/11 responders. they're calling on congress to renew health care benefits for emergency workers who became ill after being exposed to toxic materials at the world trade
center site. many of those first responders who attended today's press conference suffering from cancer and other chronic diseases. the 9/11 health care bill is set to run out at the end of the month. stewart says lawmakers' failure to renew the act is, quote, stupid and embarrassing, end quote. it's been a cold, windy day all thanks to the wind. tomorrow we'll have a little less wind around the area so let's take a look at your pedestrian walk to work forecast if you are going to be walking to work, the temperatures will be starting out in the 30s across the area and mid to upper 30s and it will be another morning that will be quite chilly, if not cold and as we get into the afternoon, temperatures rise into the low 40s, but at least we'll have sunshine around. remember after all of those days with rain and clouds all of the sunshine will be coming back. as far as the bus stop and dismissal forecast, we get the grade of a. sunshine, yes. nice conditions are expected. temperatures rise to the upper
40s and low 50s across the area and the sun is up tomorrow at 7:10 and we top out in the low 50s and we have a look at the seven-day forecast and the weekend and the kind of week you can expect for the christmas tree. partying with prostitutes, failing to stop a man from jumping the white house fence and allowing a man with a gun in the same elevator as the president. just some of the well-publicized failures. the president may be in serious danger. nbc's brian moore has the story. >> when the connecticut man bolted over the white house fence on thanksgiving day it was the latest in a long series of embarrassments for the united states secret service and the new congressional oversight report today finds the agency needs to be saved from itself. >> the secret service is in crisis. the situation is getting worse, not better. >> reporter: the bipartisan report reveals previously undisclosed breaches and
security lapses that could have endangered president obama. >> they had a lot of people with guns near the president that the secret service didn't know had guns. how does that happen? >> the report blames devastating budget cuts for leaving the agency understaffed and overworked and calls for the president himself to push for urgent changes. in a statement, the secret service said, quote, our leadership has long acknowledged that in addition to its many success e the secret service faces many challenges. today the white house stood behind joe clancy, the former agent president obama hired to reorganize, rebuild and retrain the beleaguered agency. >> does the president acknowledge the declining -- >> reporter: this finds that the secret service may not be up to a mission where failure could have tragic consequences. >> jason chaffetz says he's concerned the secret service still sees its primary mission as protecting the nation against
financial crimes. it's time to focus the agency on what the american people expect it to do, protecting lives. brian moore, nbc news, washington. oscar pistorius is now a convicted murderer. >> today a south african appeals court overturned his manslaughter conviction, charging him with murder. the former olympian now faces a minimum of 15 years in prison for killing his girlfriend reeva steenkamp. nbc's jeff rossum haze look now at what's next. >> he's found guilty of culpable homicide. >> oscar pistorius had been convicted of manslaughter for shooting and killing his model girlfriend reeva steenkamp, but in south africa, the appeals court came out and blasted the original judge saying pistorius should have been convicted of murder from the very beginning and changed the verdict. so now oscar pistorius is officially a convicted murderer and he will now have to be resentenced and the guidelines
for sentence for murder is the very minimum is 15 years in prison. what's confusing is that he's still here at his uncle's luxurious mansion on house arrest, still serving that old sentence and he was released. the pistorius family releasing a statement saying their legal team will now take a look at the ruling and decide where to go from here, but will not comment any further at this time. they could appeal to the constitutional court that's basically south africa's version of the u.s. supreme court, but unclear if that court would even take the case. so now all eyes are on this house. do the police show up here and re-arrest pistorius? does he have to surrender at all? no one knows and we are told his re-sentencing will likely happen in a month or two and pistorius himself could speak making a personal plea for a life sentence. back to you. a vicious attack on a man with cerebral palsy. why two robbers posted video of it on social media.
a northern virginia man under arrest after two dogs were shot and left to die. prince william county police arrested the man charles peele iii. they say he turned himself in this week. in early november someone called an animal jelte tore tell them that his german shepherd and another dog were missing. the owner later found the body
of one dog and called police. animal control officers found the second dog in the woods near lonesome road near oaksville. peele is charged with felony animal cruelty and reckless handling of a firearm. this story's disturbing on so many levels. in michigan, two men are in jail today accused of beating a disabled man and posting a video of the attack on social media. here it is. police say the suspects stole the victim's cell phone from his apartment in pontiac. the victim who has cerebral palsy chased them into the stairwell and that's where they beat him and spit on him. then they posted the video here on the victim's facebook page and their own. the victim is back home today and doing okay, but neighbors fear for their safety. >> i've never seen nothing like that before especially a disabled person. who would do that? that's a coward move right there. >> i think it's disgraceful. >> the suspects are in jail now because they can't post the $25,000 bail.
believed he ran a coffee shop at the inland regional center. there also appears to be a focus the suspect's possible terror connections. pete williams is reporting that syed farook was in contact with known jihadists in the l.a. area. we've also learned farook and his wife were heavily armed with thousands of rounds of ammunition and more than a dozen pipe bombs, most of which were found at their home. here in washington, the mass shooting has touched off another familiar and furious debate on who to blame and how to prevent the next rampage. news 4's steve handelsman is live on capitol hill with that part of the story. >> jim, thanks. familiar and furious, exactly correct. democrats taking their cues from president obama on pushing various measures to buying the guns. republicans are taking their cues from the nra are focused more on mental health care and jihad. the horror is prompting hugs in california, but finger pointing
in washington, where flags fly at half-staff. gop presidential candidates blaming san bernardino onn i islamic terror. >> this horrific murder underscores that weir at a time for war, but jihad is not -- >> it is literally simply too early to a scribe a motive or to describe their connections to other groups. >> donald trump says look at the names. farook. >> radical islamic terrorism and i'll tell you what, we have a president that refuses to use the term. >> president obama focused on gun control. >> make it harder, not impossible, but harder for individuals to get access to weapons. >> reporter: it's not hard now. and so far this year, there have been 355 mass shootings in america, at least four people injure order killed in each. democrats are demanding votes to toughen background checks and
ban assault weapons. >> the worst thing we can do is do nothing. >> republicans say slow down, that mental illness is the bigger problem. >> the last thing we want to do is rush to judgment to quote, unquote do something and not solve anything. >> the white house pointed a finger at the gun lobby. >> they're terrified of the nra and a lot of people across this country that are terrified of a mass shooting. >> backers of a crackdown are not saying it could have prevented the shooting in san bernardino. >> nor could it have prevented the shootings in oregon, and i'm steve handelsman, news 4. jim? >> steve, thank you. >> women can now join elite military forces like the navy s.e.a.l.s and the army's delta force and today defense secretary ash carter ordered the military to order up all combat jobs to women. this shuts down the marine corps to exclude women from frontline
combat jobs and carter says the military cannot afford to exclude half of the population from grueling military jobs. he gave the armed services 30 days to submit plans to how to make this historic change. and now, your storm team 4 forecast. >> here we go, moving through december over the next few days our weather will stay more like early december. and we'll see our temperatures low to mid-50s and we'll show you when we could be picking up some clouds and some rain. first we take a look at early tomorrow morning and it's a cool start for us that range in temperatures between 30 and 39 degrees and know when you step out the door it will be an easy weather day for you. in fact, the wind will be a bit less even than what we had today and some gusts over 20 miles per hour today and that wind coming down, quite cool and some sunshine across the area.
on sunday in the latter part of the day and we have quiet conditions for your friday and saturday and clouds moving into some of our western counties around la rhea and winchester and hagerstown and charlottesville and late in the day on sunday and it will be a slow advance with the clouds into the area. and a super nice weekend coming up and if you're headed out to the tree farm to pick out that very special tree and it takes quite some time to get just the right one, right? some of you in the family and some of you want the little one and some of you want the big one and it will be quite chilly and the cautionary light there, but by midday, nice, and seasonal sunshine coming our way for the afternoon hours. really, you've got the green light and saturday, a pretty day for us and pretty nice, 53, your temperature and we're into the mid-50s on sunday with just a few clouds coming in again late in the day. while we talked about what you can expect temperaturewise for
the month of december and we're above average on precip for rain and those temperatures will be fairly high. if you're wondering about the winter forecast in terms of snowfall just go to nbcwashington.com and search and look at the weekend and the early part of next week and the next rain chance not until thursday. we're breaking down more hourly forecasts for your weekend coming up on news 4 at 5:00. >> thanks, veronica. we are working several developing stories in the newsroom right now. there is heightened security at the white house where the national christmas tree is about to be lit. it will happen just a few minutes from now and here is a live picture. hundreds of people are there waiting for thor is money toe start at 5:00. actress reese witherspoon will host this year. news 4 has a crew there and we'll show you more live pictures from the event coming up in the next hour. internet service is taking a giant leap forward for customers from northern virginia. cox launched its giga blast service offering speeds that are
100 times faster than the average speed in the u.s. you can download a full-length hd movie in less than 60 seconds. you can upload 1,000 holiday family photos in about three seconds. >> this service will come to our community and provide our children and families some of the highest access feeds and access to internet anywhere in the country. >> faster service or internet costs about $99 a month when bundled with other services. >> it's a special holiday tradition. today d.c. police chief cathy lanier and other members of the force took a bunch of children on a shopping spree. the heros and helpers event as it's called was this afternoon at the target store, and 100 youngsters got to pick out just about anything they wanted. it's important for children to see police officers the way they want to be seen, as people there to help them. and this is what happens
when you run the marine corps marathon 40 times in a row. today organizers went to al richmond's home in arlington, virginia and surprised him with a special plaque and other honors, too. richmond is just one of two runners who have completed all 40 races. wow! good for him. i probably saw him cross that finish line. i'm tracee wilkins in upper marlboro where we just witnessed one of the most adorable reunions. precious the pit bull was united with family members this after she was taken away from her family after a fire that happened in hyattsville yesterday morning. surely, you've seen this video of precious standing guard over her mom after she was injured in the fire and made it difficult for ems services to get to that woman to assist her and give her the care that she needed. precious was brought here to the shelter along with her puppy because pit bulls are banned in prince george's county. we got a number of emails from folks who wanted to adopt
precious and take precious in. the good news is precious has been reunited with family who lives outside of the county. coming up on news 4 at 5:00, we'll take you to that reunion. a sperm donor may be forced to pay child support, but it's not the couple who is looking for his cash. we'll explain this strange case.
the governor -- the group, rather, wants sam brownback to settle in kansas. on wednesday they presented an open letter to the governor asking him to reconsider his stance against refugee settlement. >> brownback is one of several governors around the nation who signed executive orders preventing refugee resettlement. an unusual child support case is playing out in a court in kansas. the state is trying to make a sperm donor responsible for a girl being raised by an estranged lesbian couple. >> i've never spoken to anybody who is a sperm donor that i am expected to be a father to. >> after answering a craigslist ad that he agreed to be a sperm donor for same-sex couple jennifer bower and angie. >> the contract says before anything happened i wasn't going to be a parent. >> he showed up with a bag containing a cup with his donation three times and never
took any money for it. using a basic syringe, bower says she was able to impregnate shriner. >> it was never intended for william to be a parent. jennifer and i created this child not william and jennifer. >> the state of kansas disagrees. it all started after the two women applied for state assistance. in a filing this week, co-counsel timothy check wrote, history has not washed away the longstanding public policy of legitimacy through marriage and none of the parties asserted a marriage occurred between any of the parties. shriner and bower did have a commitment ceremony. >> we couldn't marry at the time. it wou it wasn't legal. >> you would have otherwise? >> absolutely. >> the judge ordered more ada to undergo paternity testing. brownback appointed her to the bench in 2012. he spent tens of thousands of
dollars fighting the case. >> partially responsible for medical expenses and to pay more than $1600 in child support. >> what do you think about that request? >> i'm not a parent. >> it should be about the love that a child gets from two parents. she has that, has always had it. >> mouth both morada and bowers he's had no involvement in the child's life. whatever happens, attorneys say an appeal is likely. now at 5:00, horror at a holiday party in southern california. >> bullets were flying all over the place. >> she crawled herself into the bathroom and then she realized her hans are bleeding. >> as the faces of the victims begin to emerge. we're learning more about the married couple behind the massacre from the calculated planning to the dram atic shootout by police and the call for change from washington. >> we see the prevalence in
these mass shootings in this country. >> all of this unfolding as one question remains. >> i have no idea. i have no idea why would he do that? why would he do something like this? >>. >> and first at 5:00 tonight the latest out of san bernardino. good evening, everybody. i'm jim handly. >> i'm doreen gentzler in tonight for wendy rieger. we are learning details about the pair who police say opened fire on a holiday party killing 14 and wounding 21 others. sources tell nbc news the male suspect syed farook may have been in touch with others in the los angeles area who have expressed jihadist views. >> we've also learned tonight this attack could have been much worse. the suspects had 1600 rounds of ammo on them, thousands more inside their home along with a dozen pipe bombs and materials to make ieds. >> an fbi team from washington traveled to california to reconstruct the shooting and the evidence is on its way here to be analyzed.
this is not your average investigation. we have multiple scenes. we have many victims and it will take time. we cannot rule anything out. >> back here in our area, president obama ordered flags to be flown in half-staff in honor of the victims. you can see them at the white house and the u.s. capitol lowered earlier today. >> president obama spoke with the mayor of san bernardino and told them the entire nation is thinking of that community right now. >> speaking earlier today at the oval office he made some brief comments about what we know about the shooting and also called for action. >> it is possible that this was terrorist related, but we don't know. it's also possible that it was workplace related. as the investigation moves forward it will be important for all of us, including our legislatures to see what we can do to